bigness

Definitions

  • A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
    A Twenty-Five Foot Saw used for Crosscutting Big Logs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bigness the property of having a relatively great size
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine
"Here he got two big rooms." "Here he got two big rooms."
Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful It wuz so big that it wuz fairly skairful
PENN AND THE BIG CHIEF PENN AND THE BIG CHIEF
They Hung Pinocchio to the Big Oak Tree They Hung Pinocchio to the Big Oak Tree
The Judge Was a Big Ape The Judge Was a Big Ape
"The big fellow here got angry..." "The big fellow here got angry..."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named Big Bill, who weighed 2,552 lbs
    • n Bigness The state or quality of being big; largeness; size; bulk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
    • n bigness The state or quality of being big; largeness of proportions; size, whether large or small; bulk, absolute or relative.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1988 move "Big" which was directed by Penny Marshall was the first movie by a female director to gross over $100 million domestically
    • ns Bigness bulk, size
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Quotations

  • Comte De Bussy-Rabutin
    Comte De Bussy-Rabutin
    “As you know, God is generally on the side of the big squadrons against the small ones.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.”
  • Davy Crockett
    Davy Crockett
    “Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.”
  • Barry Goldwater
    Barry Goldwater
    “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Big mouthfuls often choke.”
  • Russell (Wayne) Baker
    Russell (Wayne) Baker
    “Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.”

Idioms

Big Apple - (USA) The Big Apple is New York.
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Big bucks - If someone is making big bucks, they are making a lot of money.
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Big cheese - The big cheese is the boss.
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Big Easy - (USA) The Big Easy is New Orleans, Louisiana
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Big fish - An important person in a company or an organisation is a big fish.
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Big fish in a small pond - A big fish in a small pond is an important person in a small place or organisation.
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Big girl's blouse - A person who is very weak or fussy is a big girl's blouse.
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Big hitter - A big hitter is someone who commands a lot of respect and is very important in their field.
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Big nose - If someone has a big nose, it means they are excessively interested in everyone else's business.
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Big picture - The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
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Big time - This can be used to with the meaning 'very much'- if you like something big time, you like it a lot.
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Give a big hand - Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
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If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
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Little pitchers have big ears - (USA) This means that children hear more and understand the world around them better than many adults realize.
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See you on the big drum - A good night phrase to children.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. big; origin very obscure—Skeat suggests that it is bilg, the l being dropped, and compares Ice. belgja, to puff out.

Usage

In literature:

One of these cold-eyed, chesty parties, Willis G. is; tall and thin, and with a big, bowwow voice that has a rasp to it.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
You got here just in time for the big doin's, too.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
So we had to back-trail until we could make a big circle and strike the trail on ahead.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
The Big House set back from the big road about a quarter of a mile.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I think that I must be clumsy with my legs, for even the farmer's big rooster can scratch the ground and dig up wonderful things.
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
And now what do you think of my big son?
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Now, right on the edge of the Big Rock lay a big stick.
"Mother West Wind's Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Oh, not so very big, but big enough to be the height of a man it may be ten times.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
And there was not a single tree big enough to hold more than nine of them.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Put big gun, put jolly sailor 'board two big junk, and go sail 'bout.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

The grand Pacific there beyond
His dirty hut is glowing:
He only sees a big salt pond,
O'er which his grain is going.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
The lying tempter would persuade
There's no relief in heav'n;
And all my swelling sins appear
Too big to be forgiv'n.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts
Nen I got out there, an' nen
I runned some--an' runned again
When I met a man 'at led
A big cow 'at shooked her head.
"The Runaway Boy" by James Whitcomb Riley
And every flower in shaded nook,
Speedwell and violet,
Cried, with a wonder in their look—
So big, and dreaming yet?
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
The lying tempter would persuade
There's no relief from heaven;
And all my swelling sins appear
Too big to be forgiven.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
On the bluff of the Little Big-Horn,
At the close of a woful day,
Custer and his Three Hundred
In death and silence lay.
"Miles Keogh's Horse" by John Hay

In news:

Jeremy Patterson, a large, swaggering self-promoter from Iowa and erstwhile star of TLC's television show "Heavy Haulers," is shopping a new reality TV show: "Big Man, Big Easy".
She grew up in Big Spring and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1954.
Rutgers' Jawan Jamison comes up big in Pinstripe Bowl to cap big season.
Donald Trump's big "October surprise" ended up being a big dud.
Walworth Big Foots quarterback Steve Dowden escapes Brodheads lineman 59 Nick Jacobson in a game Big Foot won 7-6.
Harper a big hit in Big Apple debut.
There's a New Big, Big Man on Campus at UMass … But just in case you had any doubts.
Big 3's big hearts - 'Bama, Auburn and JSU's big competitors.
He's a big crowd-pleasing actor, a great big delightful ham.
Nick, the son of Kent and Theresa Johnson of Big Lake, graduated from Big Lake High School in 2004 and works at Cedar Lake Engineering in Maple Lake.
Korin Nickerson is an active member in PALS (Peers Assisting and Leading Students) and is the student leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
For the last two years, Hugh Hogan has been Cody's "Big" through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado.
Josh Borgman, one of the smallest players on the Boise State roster, is having a big, big impact on the Broncos' special teams units.
Big Bear Lake, CA, August 4, 2010, 3:02pm – Early risers can join the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce for the monthly power breakfast at the Best Western at 7am.
A big defensive play is a big deal.
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In science:

M I ) external monotony for ideals: enlarging the base set keeps small sets small, (2.3) (eM F ) external monotony for filters: a big subset stays big when the base set shrinks.
Size and Logic
If (X, T ) is topologically mixing and has the big image and big preimage property, then (X, T ) is said to have the (relative) b.i.p.-property.
On random topological Markov chains with big images and preimages
There is ǫ′ > 0 such that if ℓ is big enough, T is a tower that covers more than 1− ǫ′ of the space, and |T | is big enough, then the probability that a random (T , ℓ, a)painting data ψ that induces a partition Q satisfies that h(T , Q) > log a − ǫ, is greater than 1 − ǫ.
Generating Product Systems
If either −(KX + S ) is big or the Claim 4.7.1 (cf. pair (X, S ) is not LC, then for a suitable G-invariant boundary D , the pair (X, D) is LC, the divisor −(KX + D) is nef and big, and the minimal locus V of log canonical singularities of (X, D) is non-empty and G-invariant.
Simple finite subgroups of the Cremona group of rank 3
Then either G has a unique big connected component or G = O′N and Γ{3,5} and Γ7 are the two big connected components.
Commuting graphs of odd prime order elements in simple groups
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